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CMS, ONC Change Timeline for Meaningful Use Adoption; Delay Start of Stage 3 to 2017

December 20, 2013—The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed extending the timeline for eligible providers and hospitals to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. Under the revised timeline, Stage 2 would be extended through 2016 for those providers that have completed at least two years in Stage 2.

The revised timeline does not delay the start of Stage 2 Meaningful Use or the reporting requirements for Stage 2. Providers that have demonstrated two years of Stage 1 Meaningful Use will still demonstrate Stage 2 in 2014 but will now do so for three years, until 2016, and begin Stage 3 in 2017.

Providers that have demonstrated one year of Stage 1 will complete year two in 2014 and then demonstrate Stage 2 in 2015 and 2016 before beginning Stage 3 in 2017.

According to the statement released by CMS Director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services Robert Tagalicod, the delay was issued in response to provider concerns regarding the preparations needed for Stage 3 requirements. CMS expects to release a notice of proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 requirements in the fall of 2014 with a final rule to come in the first half of 2015.


Evan Collins, MHA
Specialist, Clinical Operations and Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0552


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